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Compact Optical Inertial Tracking for Launch Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
115297
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
O4.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
MagiQ Technologies, Inc.
11 Ward Street Somerville, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Compact Optical Inertial Tracking for Launch Vehicles
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CF05P
Award Amount: $124,997.00
 

Abstract:

We propose a method for developing a miniature all-optical Inertial Navigation System. In an optical INS, the rotation sensitivity depends on the area enclosed by a circular optical path, so it is impossible to significantly reduce the size of a standard fiber optic gyroscope or ring laser gyroscope without sacrificing sensitivity. However, using the phenomenon of fast last, which we will produce through Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in a fiber, the sensitivity of a ring laser gyro of a given size can be enhanced by up to 106. We will use a fiber-based, fast-light enhanced ring laser gyroscope to maintain the sensitivity of existing optical gyroscopes while greatly reducing the physical size of the sensing element. Combined with photonic integrated circuit technologies and standard optical accelerometers, the entire INS package can be greatly reduced in size, weight, and power, resulting in a rugged, compact, high sensitivity INS ideal for launch vehicles and spacecraft.

Principal Investigator:

Caleb A. Christensen
Principal Investigator
7816618300
caleb@magiqtech.com

Business Contact:

Anton Zavriyev
Business Official
7816618300
anton@magiqtech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MagiQ Technologies, Inc.
11 Ward Street Somerville, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 134069784
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No